Stray Kids Release New Album ‘Cle 1: MIROH’

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Stray Kids have released a new album Cle 1: Miroh.

It is an 8 track album including:

  1. Entrance
  2. Miroh
  3. Victory Song
  4. Maze of Memories
  5. Boxer
  6. Chronosaurus
  7. 19
  8. Mixtape #4

The JYP group have been slef-producing innovative music since their debut a year ago.

The group though new, has their own unique sound, their music filled with bold and boisterous music and lyrics.

The new album “Miroh” is a play off of the word “miro” (maze).

Their previous three part album I am... experiments with ideas of self identity. This new album follows suit, navigating through our complex world.

“Miroh” the title piece, is a creative song filled with rhythms, chants, alarms, and animal sounds creating an impressive cacophony of sound. This intensive rap is the brainchild of 3RACHA -produced by Bang Chan, Han and Changbin.

This song is quite repetitive in its form bringing back the same chorus over and over. While this is in part a criticisms it made the music more accessible and gets it stick in your brain for days… I know it did for me. Going beyond the obvious reasons for the repetition, they redeemed themselves by making something musically interesting with this repetition. After introducing this thematic material in the “post-chorus” interlude they move into the first verse where Hyunjin and Changbin are rapping. Behind the foreground that is the rapping line, the rest of the group are repeating

Woah-oh-oh woah-oh-oh woah-oh Higher
I’m going up over there
Woah-oh-oh woah-oh-oh woah-oh Higher
I’m going to fly higher
Woah-oh-oh woah-oh-oh woah-oh Higher
I’m going up over there
Woah-oh-oh woah-oh-oh woah-oh Higher
I’m going to fly higher

This creates a musical background for the instrumentals to harmonize as well as creating texture to the music through contrast; Rapping versus singing.

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In this song, you see principal rappers Changbin, Han, and Hyunjin laying down some sick raps, while Bang Chan is leading the song with vocals. While the use of a rap line to create different textures in the music is not a new concept, their rapping styles are each unique and enticing. Changbin is by far the harshest sounding. He creates intensity and darkness in the music with his speed, sharpness, precision, and raspiness of his voice. Following the style of Bangchan, Han matches in intensity and speed but sounds less like the devil is crawling out of his soul (in the best way possible). He also tends to rap a little bit higher in the register. Both these voices show extreme contrast when paralleled with Hyunjin’s softer style of rapping, and when they alternate between the two styles so quickly it creates an interesting musical texture.

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The song’s powerful message of “it’s not hard in this rough jungle” is an act of rebellion as the group declare their confidence. The song starts with only a few references to the jungle with the roar of the lion, but as the song becomes more intense musically and lyrically they begin adding in a lot of different sounds of animals, creating imagery of going deep into the jungle where the sounds can be overwhelming.

The choreography is heavily inspired by Haka, Māori culture a ceremonial warrior dance. Besides the visual quotation of the Haka they also use the music to reflect this by adding the yelling (used in the Haka) intermittently.

The song ends not with a conclusive cadence but drifting off repeating their thematic chorus material.

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While I fell in love with this band for the diversity of their music, their recent albums have leaned to a more serious side. Overall, this album gives the impression that they are identifying themselves as a serious music and we might not see as much “Get Cool” style songs.

I know I mainly talked about “Miroh”, but listen to all the other songs too! For some super cool rhythmic metre changes listen to Maze of Memories!

Also- Felix’s deep voice is highlighted beautifully in the new album and we can’t stop listening to it! Featured especially at the beginning of Miroh and throughout Victory Song look out for his deep, dare I say, sensual voice.

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Also listen for the french- I mean it could be a Canadian thing- but its SUPER SEXY

Check out this unique album following the Stray Kids coming of age story.

What do you think of the new album?

What is your favorite song?

Who is your Stray Kids Bias?

Let us know in the comments!

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TXT Releases First Album: The Dream Chapter featuring ‘Crown’

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TXT just made their debut with their new song “Crown”

This song will be part of their first album The Dream Chapter: Star

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Here’s the album preview which will be released shortly

Update: Here’s the new album!

Big Hit Entertainment, best known for their band BTS, has put together fresh faces and a fresh sound.

This is Big Hit Entertainment’s first new group since the debut of BTS in 2013.

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Here’s the translation of the lyrics.

The song is a fun synth-pop track that highlights each of the members’ unique charms.

What can we say? they are absolutely ADORABLE!

What You Need To Know About the Band

TXT stands for Tomorrow X Together

The boy band has five members:

Soobin:

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-Leader, Vocalist
-December 5, 2000

Yeonjun:

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-Rapper, Vocalist, Dancer
-September 13 1999

Beomgyu:

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-Vocalist, Dancer
-March 13 2001

Taehyun:

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-Vocalist
-February 5, 2002

Hueningkai:

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-Vocalist, Visual, Maknae
-August 14, 2002

Moving On?

BTS made their debut in 2013 and its members, Jin (26), Suga (25), J-Hope (25), RM (24), Jimin (23), V (23) and Jungkook (21) have reached their prime.

As the members age, we can’t help wonder how long they will continue to produce music together- will they continue to be the boy band we all know and love even well into their 30’s?

Will their popularity drop as the demographic changes? Will these sexy men continue to appeal to teenagers?

Maybe TXT is Big Hit Entertainment’s way of phasing in a new group before BTS phases out- carefully sculpting a group that the next generation of kpop fans will adore.

 

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Given how huge BTS has become, we’re sure that Big Hit Entertainment could only have chosen the best for their new group- and we are excited to watch them grow!

No matter how cute TXT is, BTS will always be in our hearts #BTSArmyforever

 

Who is your TXT Bias?

What do you think of Crown?

 

Stray Kids USA Tour 2019: Will You Be There?

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We were so excited to learn that Stray Kids will be making stops in the USA for their 2019 World Tour!

They will be in

  • Newark     May 15 2019
  • Los Angeles     May 17 2019
  • Houston     May 19 2019

You can find more details at this Link

Tickets went on sale yesterday morning March 2 2019 at 10:00.

After missing out on our chance to see BTS last August, Candace and I were absolutely devastated. We have been determined to find another concert to go to.

When we heard that Stray Kids was coming to the USA we decided this was our big chance and started making plans.

This will be our very first kpop concert and we are absolutely thrilled!

If you have any tips or tricks around attending big concerts please reach out and let us know!

We were up  bright and early watching the ticket-site’s countdown, ready to go.  We figured buying tickets would be easy- we knew which tickets we anted, were logged in on multiple devices and had the two of us to try and snag them. BOY WERE WE WRONG!

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Although we were among the first groups to be let onto the site, we kept clicking and clicking but were unable to buy tickets!

After what felt like ages, we were finally able to buy a single ticket- unsure of whether we would be able to snag another, we glanced at each other wondering how we would decide which of us would go to the event.

We kept fighting.

Thankfully, we were able to get another ticket, made the purchase and heaved a sigh of relief.

We were disappointing not to have gotten our hands on Hi-touch or photo op tickets, but were thankful just the same as we watched the auditorium sell out v=before our very eyes.

We couldn’t believe how fast it went!

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Shout out to veteran kpop concert goers: is this normal? do you have any tips on getting good seats? Please let us know!

As beginner Kpop fans, we’d like to learn and hear from you!

Will you be at the Stray Kids Concert?

What should we expect at a kpop concert?

Do you have any tips or tricks on buying tickets?

 

 

 

 

 

MONSTA X Releases New Album ‘We Are Here’

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We are huge fans of Monsta X and are so pumped that they have released their new album We Are Here.

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The album contains 10 songs

  • We are here
  • Alligator
  • Ghost
  • Play it cool
  • No Reason
  • Give me Dat
  • Turbulence
  • Rodeo
  • Stealer
  • Party Time

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The new album is a response to their previous 2018 album, Are you There? which included

  • Are you there?
  • Underwater
  • Shoot Out
  • Heart Attack
  • I do Love U
  • Mohae
  • Oh My!
  • Myself
  • By My Side
  • Spotlight

The new album’s Alligator is featured with its own music which shows MONSTA X in all their gory, fire, water- everything you want to see.

Ahhhh- I am so in love with this song

This album is darker and sexier than their previous album- they certainly pull out all the stops and #bringit to the table.

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We’ve found our new playlist that will be repeating constantly.

Everyone seems to be going crazy over rodeo, stealer and play it cool– we are curious to see which will make it to the top- they are all so good!

I just can’t stop listening to party time right now #mood. Loving the juxtaposition that one of the chillest songs in the album is called “party time”.

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK BOYS WE LOVE YOU

Also- I know I’m not the only one when I ask- PLEASE COME TO NORTH AMERICA ❤

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Which is your favorite song in the new album?

Who is  your favorite MONSTA X member?

 

New Release BTS “Scenery” by V

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BTS just released a new song! If your a Kpop fan, you’ll have heard all about it!

A 20 second teaser was put up last week and has had the BTS army on the edge of its seats. The song that was just published today, is no disappointment!

V’s (Taehyung) talent really comes through in this track. V composed the music and lyrics himself and even took the photograph for the single’s cover. 

V’s airy voice is accompanied by a piano in this mellow song.

 

We’ve been listening to it on repeat all day long.

The track is a heartfelt song that will warm you up on this cold January day.

The sound of cold, blowing wind and the subtle crunch of snow is all to familiar to us here in Canada. We especially love these sounds in contrast to Taehyung’s soft voice with the piano keys twinkling.

The lyrics to the song are really beautiful as well. Take a moment to read the lyrics below while you listen to the song.

Here’s the English Translation:

In the street filled with flowers I see you today as well
would it be possible to carry it inside me

I’m putting my feelings in the park after the early morning moon
this song is headed for you
I hear the sound of film is lit up by the moon in the night sky

I still wonder wonder beautiful story
still wonder wonder best part
I still wander wander next story
I want to make you mine

that you missed that moment of time and my heart is sad that it missed
I regret it, I hope [to] have that chance again
I will create a light by gathering the moonlight piece by piece
so please come to my side the same way that you did yesterday

I still wonder wonder beautiful story
still wonder wonder best part
I still wander wander next story
I want to make you mine

I still wonder wonder beautiful story
still wonder wonder best part
I still wander wander next story
I want to make you mine

If you leave, leaving your footprint behind, I will keep that warmth safe
I’ll leave it in black and white

-lyrics by https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcTezuLIuhUpSG_KVtgbEgQ

What Does it Mean?

This is a song about memories – those snapshot moments that stay with us forever. If you listen carefully, you will hear the sound of a camera focusing (1:46), and eventually snapping a picture (2:02). As the singer reminisces on fleeting moments, he looks ahead to the future, “wander[ing] [to the] next story”.

If you close your eyes and really listen, you can see Taehyung standing in in a peaceful scene as big snowflakes(notes of the piano) gently fall around him. A camera in hand, V wanders through the winter scene snapping photos, thinking back to favorite memories, looking forward to the possibilities the future holds “I want to make you mine”.

Should his mission fail, the singer urges that his love will still have left her “footprint behind” in the snow, and that he will capture it “leave[ing] it in black and white” – a snapshot in his memory.

We invite to you crank up the volume, and become lost in the calm, snowy scene V paints. Sit back with a hot cup of something and let V warm your heart and serenade you into February.

What do you think of the new single? Let us know below in the comments!